Holocaust Memorial Day

Be the light in the darkness Holocaust Memorial Day

Be the light in darkness

Once again we are working with the Holocaust Educational Trust, that offer their services for free. Their aims are to provide education so that this kind of atrocity will be remembered, understood, and never be repeated.

Holocaust Memorial Day TrustHolocaust Memorial Day is on the 27 January. It is a date when millions of people all around the world remember the victims of genocide. The date is the day in 1945 when Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, was liberated. Over 6 million Jews were exterminated by the Nazis but then some studies suggest the true death toll could be as many as 20 million.

Holocaust Memorial Day is not just about remembering the holocaust during the Second World War, it is about remembering all genocides that have taken place, are taking place, and praying for an end to all racial violence.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 is Be the light in the darkness. This encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking Holocaust Memorial Day. This theme asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths. Increasing levels of denial, division and misinformation in today’s world mean we must remain vigilant against hatred and identity-based hostility.

Rapid technological developments, a turbulent political climate, and world events beyond our control can leave us feeling helpless and insignificant. The utterly unprecedented times through which we are living currently are showing the very best of which humanity is capable but also - in some of the abuse and conspiracy theories being spread on social media - the much darker side of our world as well.

We can all stand in solidarity. We can choose to be the light in the darkness in a variety of ways and places – at home, in public, and online. Read More on the HMD website (link below).

"We will continue to do our bit for as long as we can, secure in the knowledge that others will continue to light a candle long after us.'' - Gena Turgel MBE, survivor of the Holocaust (1923-2018).

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